School News

Amanda the Panda Fall Support Group


A Fall Support Group with Amanda the Panda starts Nov. 6 every Monday through Dec. 11 (5:45-7:30 p.m.). Please share with any families you think would like to know. Click here for the downloadable flier.

Important Information – Between District Open Enrollment


Parents/Guardians considering the use of the open enrollment option to enroll their children in another public school district in the state of Iowa should be aware of the information in the document linked below (available in both English and Spanish). March 1, 2018 is the last date for regular open enrollment requests for the 2018-2019 … Read more »

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Superintendent, Board Chair Oppose Rescission of DACA


The following statement is from DMPS School Board chair Teree Caldwell-Johnson and Superintendent Tom Ahart in response to today’s announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program would be rescinded. Click here to read the statement.

Join the Family Involvement Team


The next @McKinleyDSM Family Involvement Team (FIT) meeting is set for Monday, Aug. 28 at 6:30 p.m. Any and all family members of current McKinley students are welcome to attend these monthly meetings. Learn more about what’s happening at your child’s school and support us with your time and talent. See you Monday!


Virtual Backpack Replaces Paper Flyers


No more pulling crumpled paper flyers from your student’s backpack! Opportunities in the community will now be available online, instead of jumbled up with homework and artwork. Read about child-friendly community events and opportunities, or post a flyer of your own. Click on the headline to read more about Virtual Backpack.

Community Resources


Bidwell Riverside is a local community resource that is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to assist families to relieve the strain of poverty and allow them more time to do other important things. Their goal is to help in a way that will allow families to break the cycle of poverty. Click the … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Nov 21
School Board Meeting
Nov 22
No School
Nov 22
No School - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 23
Thanksgiving Break
Dec 04
MAP Online Testing (Reading & Math)

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About McKinley Elementary School

1610 SE 6th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

P: 515-242-8423 | F: 515-242-8496 | E: 


McKinley Elementary serves as a school and as a resource center for our diverse community. Many of our PK-5 students bring a rich cultural heritage that finds expression at McKinley, a school that has served the community since 1902. Read More…

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